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The Flip Flop Of Smirksalot (Obama) On GITMO
More To The Story Than Meets The Eye
I was reading my e-mail this morning and a long time friend (thank you Annette) sent me a video about the executive order signed by The Smirkster regarding the resumption of military tribunals at GITMO. The contents of the video are rather an eye opener since Obama claims to be such an authority, and adherer, to the US Constitution when it comes to the treatment of terrorists captured on the fields of battle. This seems to fly right in the face of his statements of the past. Thinking about recent history though, this isn't at all surprising. He has been known to flip flop like a flounder at times. Please watch the video before continuing.
My background, as a career military mind, makes me do some looking and verifying before I go pounding on this keyboard. I have been accused of making up facts before, but that is done by those who don't really know me. That career also has me firmly entrenched in the US Constitution as I took an oath to support and defend that document against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Though now long retired, I still see that as a lifetime oath, one I will never take lightly. My research this morning confirmed what Judge Napolitano commented on in the video.
Remembering the past campaign, he did indeed say that the US Constitution guarantees fairness to everyone. That is a laudable statement and something the nation should strive to insure. He even went further later stating that these terrorist detainees deserved to be tried in civilian court and given the same constitutional protections afforded to those of us who are citizens of this country or for suspects who are captured breaking the law within the boundaries of this nation.
As I read along this morning, I reflected on the news coverage by The Lame Stream Media when Smirky signed his latest executive order. First of all, again there was no consultation with Congress prior to his decision. That got him in trouble with his initial decree (that's what I call executive orders) that he was going to shutter GITMO and bring them to American soil for trial. Doesn't the guy understand by now that there are three branches of government in our country and he hasn't been crowned as King? That lack of consultation has caused Congressional figures to ponder what is behind that decision and introduce legislation to prevent Obama from again trying the flip flop maneuver of trying to move them to trial here in the country. With Obama, what you see is not always what you're going to get. But back to the subject at hand.
I lost respect for the Lame Stream Media long ago regarding their treatment of The Anointed One. You see faithful readers and Constitutional advocates, that decree was paired with another reestablishing indefinite detention for detainees at GITMO. Wasn't he the one who lambasted this practice by the administration of GWB during the presidential campaign? The flip and the flop sometimes confuses me. Or maybe it's just blowing with the political winds I witness quite often with The Smirkster, him being a politican and all. Why did the LSM omit the coupling? Maybe just an oversight. If that it is the case then I'll blame it on poor journalism or not wanting to wipe the egg off their mugs concerning their participation in the Bush bashing that occurred.
I am no terrorist lover mind you. Being a soldier, I have always viewed them as "non-uniformed" combatants. If you know anything about the law of war this is a "no-no" and can result in such people being summarily shot on the fields of strife. If I was running things, we wouldn't even need GITMO. There are 192 detainees presently confined at GITMO. Here's the rub. Of those 192 there are 48 of them, at a minimum, who have been determined by a Justice Department inter-agency panel who cannot be tried by either military commission, nor the civilian courts, because of problems with evidence would present problems during any court proceedings. Understanding the Catch 22 in this is important.
Intelligence sources have further determined that there same detainees in question continue to pose a serious threat to security that prohibits their released to the country where they were captured or any other country for that matter. The policy of holding persons captured during time of war is centuries old and nothing new. The fly in the ointment is that, in all probability, there will be no formal ending of this war which ensnared these unlawful combatants. This was their doing and not ours for about 20 years now as they have continually attacked America beginning with the first World Trade Center attack until 911, not nice people and not covered by the Geneva Convention.
Here is what candidate Obama had to say in June of 2007, that not only did Gitmo need to be closed but that “we’re going to restore habeas corpus. … We’re going to lead by example – by not just word but by deed. That’s our vision for the future.” So the brake lights started flashing did they? In May of 2009, Obama was beating around the Bush that George Bush's policy wasn't such a bad idea it seems. I wish this guy would make up his mind. So I guess, with this latest move, he has made his latest decision which is subject to change.
The US Constitution is what it is and Obama is who he is and neer shall the two seem to meet. My take on this is that he got carried away with campaign rhetoric, his tendency, without engaging his brain and having a full grasp of the subject he was discussing. But then again, I never had high expectations about a community organizer and junior Senator from the state of Illinois. He hasn't let me down in the least.
Yeah, George Bush had some things wrong but GITMO, terrorism and detention of enemy combatants wasn't one of them. They brought this upon themselves and this nation did not foist it upon them. My concern, once again, is the lack of The Lame Stream Media telling the whole truth and not omitting the parts that make Obama pale in the light of day.